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There are two rock ‘n roll entities to be known as Jack Black. Jack Black the New York City based band, and the actor/musician.

The man, Thomas Black (born August 28, 1969), better known as Jack Black, is an American film/television actor and musician.

Black was born in Hermosa Beach, California to a middle-class Jewish family. His parents, Thomas W. Black and Judith C. Cohen, were satellite engineers and members of a naturist group, Family Synergy; they divorced when he was ten.

By his teenage years, Black’s family had moved to Culver City, CA, and he started taking drugs in an attempt to fit in. He stole money from his mother to buy cocaine, but soon realized that he had a problem, and volunteered for therapy.

Black attended Crossroads School and the University of California, Los Angeles; fellow UCLA veteran Tim Robbins later cast him in Bob Roberts, his first film role. Black also had recurring roles on the HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show.

Black is perhaps best-known for his role in the 2003 hit comedy The School of Rock, in which he played an unemployed rocker who gets his big break by teaching a private school fifth grade class music theory and the history of rock and roll. More recently, he played the greedy 1930s-era film director Carl Denham in Peter Jackson’s remake of King Kong. He has starred in many comedies: his breakout role in the 2000 film High Fidelity, as an obnoxious music snob who torments his boss

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